A funny thing tends to happen once you die: You get more famous. At least that’s the case with artists and musicians, and it’s especially the case with David Bowie whose albums are now selling at sky-high prices.
Earlier this week, a first-pressing of Bowie’s second album, David Bowie (released in 1969 and later renamed Space Oddity), sold for a whopping $6,826 on the online record shop Discogs. The album, which was purchased by an undisclosed buyer who is having it shipped to South Korea, is almost $800 more than the previous highest-grossing album ever sold on the site: NYC punk band Judge’s 1989 LP Chung King Can Suck It, which sold last year for $6,048.
Whether David Bowie is Bowie’s greatest work to date is debatable, but one thing’s for sure: it’s damn hard to find these days, which is why it’s not that surprising that someone — presumably a die-hard Bowie fan — was willing to cough up that much for the album.
Bowie’s death also played a big role in the sale.
Says Ron Rich, Discogs’ marketing director: “As morbid as it sounds, there is usually a bump in sales in the marketplace for a given artist when they pass. Collectors look to grab that piece of history. They want to own that piece of the story. To find one in good condition, you can relive that moment when you first listened to it. It’s tough to put a monetary value on that.”
Indeed, it is. If I was able to find a copy of Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy’s sole vinyl-released album The Yellow Album, you’re damn right I’d spend a few thou on that.